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Oh Canada

Gordon Young

The Dominion of Canada, formerly known as British North America, was birthed on July 1st, 1867. Our founding fathers built this great nation on the Word of God. Canada's name, “Dominion of Canada” (Suggested by Leonard Tilley, premier of New Brunswick); her motto, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea”; and the coat of arms, “From sea to sea”, are taken from Psalms 72:8.

Canada's first prime minister, John A. MacDonald, explained to Queen Victoria of England, that the name was a tribute to the principles they earnestly desired to uphold.” The last province to join Confederation in 1949, was Newfoundland whose motto is, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33).

Early in Canada's history, her spiritual destiny was impacted and shaped by the Methodist church. Revival fires were already burning in Great Britain , sparked by the preaching of John Wesley and his itinerant ministers and the wind of the Holy Spirit spread the revival fires throughout the British Empire.

Preachers like William Black, faithfully carried the Word of God and revival across this newly founded nation. Truly Canada were living up to her motto, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea.” The Salvation Army played an important role in the spiritual life of Canada during the last two decades of the 19th century.

The beginning of the 20th century gave rise to a significant and fruitful spiritual movement. The Pentecostal outpouring, fuelled by national evangelistic services, sweep across Canada by preachers who had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. One of the major players was a preacher from the Holiness Movement named Robert McAlister. He had heard about the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles and upon visiting the mission, he gloriously received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Great fruit was growing from the spiritual climate in Canada. Most of the colleges and universities were founded by Christians. During the years following World War II, a new movement called The Latter Rain had its beginnings. This new movement was very controversial concerning doctrinal issues and in 1959 the Assemblies of God condemned it as heresy. Despite the condemnation this revival spread throughout Western Canada. It is documented that within a year, one district of a denomination in Western Canada reported 119 % increase in church growth.

In later years the Charismatic Revival as well as the Renewal movement within the mainline denominations dominated the spiritual landscape. Many denominations and churches, during the last quarter of the 20th century, gave way to complacency and a large number of congregational members knew little about revival fires. The Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship experienced a unique move of God which began in 1994. Although there was little impact in the Toronto area, it however influenced many around the world who saw a revival sweep their churches and regions.

Over the years there has been a drifting from our motto, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea.” Our founding fathers stood for Christian principles. The nation, although not perfect, made laws that reflected their Godly values. Today their is a major paradigm shift. Our modern day governments no longer change laws to reflect the Christian principles of our founding fathers but change laws that reflect the views of a diverse population. Many who have greatly influenced the law makers of our land in recent years are anything but God-fearing.

Our national anthem says, “God keep our land glorious and free.” Many young Canadians have given the ultimate sacrifice and have shed their blood on foreign soil in World Wars I & II for the Christian freedoms that we enjoyed as a nation. The laws of a generation reflect the spiritual condition of that day. In recent years we have witnessed the killing of babies through abortions and the demise of the traditional marriage in favour of same sex marriage, just to name a few. We cannot legislate morality or righteousness. Petitions and demonstrations cannot reverse the tide of ungodliness. However, there is hope. We can play a role in putting our nation back on its foundation.

Revival is the only solution. We believe that we are on the brink of the last days Revival that will sweep the nation of Canada from east to west. It's time to stand on guard for our nation. Just as many Canadians paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we too must be willing to die to self, pray and expect another move of God that will radically change the nation of Canada. Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee!